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The Syrian Diary – on the imposed sectarian war on Syria

23 Mar

This is why they killed Syrian-Palestinian actor Mohamad Rafea

11 Nov

Not a word in the liberal press who have by and large supported the war on Syria, on the killing of this Syrian-Palestinian actor…

Dossier con Walter Martinez, el mejor programa en espanol que cubre eventos actuales en el medio oriente #Syria

20 Sep

inicia cobertura del medio oriente a 31m13s

American (House?) Muslims for Palestine plays a dangerous game #Syria

18 Sep

American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) used to be a fairly decent Palestine advocacy group in the United States, and has been able to bring together a good group of community based activists together to raise the issue of Palestine within the United States. Chaired by Hatem Bazian, they avoided a fair bit of the trappings of other lobby groups that advocated little more than galas.

However, now this group has entered the territory of taking a clear political position on the side of the violent “rebels” in Syria, see poster below. The action is being directly organized by AMP, and amongst its endorsers is The Syrian American Council that, among other things, specifically advocates military intervention in Syria, and further supports the Al Qaeda infiltrated Free Syrian Army.

“”In view of the considerable support for foreign military intervention in Syria by activists working on the ground to topple the Ba`ath regime of Bashar al-Assad, SAC supports military intervention with or without a UN mandate aimed at protecting civilians, particularly in Deraa, Idlib, Hama, and Homs, and their surroundings. SAC opposes the use of western ground troops, but ground troops from Arab and Islamic countries may be considered as an option. Western military intervention (US and/or NATO) should focus on the establishment of a no-fly zone over all or part of Syria, the establishment of safety zones around Deraa, Idlib, Hama, and Homs and safety corridors between these cities and one or more of Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey without “boots on the ground.”

SAC and the Free Syrian Army (FSA)

SAC supports coordination between the SNC and the FSA to develop the FSA into a military force capable of protecting the Syrian people from the forces of the Assad regime immediately and the early post-Assad period. Eventually, the FSA will need to re-integrated back into the Syrian army, and hence it is important that the FSA develop into a disciplined force under a clear chain of command with a culture of respect for civilian authority and internationally recognized norms of human rights. Therefore, SAC will coordinate with the US administration and the SNC to provide the FSA with material and logistical support to improve the effectiveness of the FSA. Furthermore, SAC will work to encourage the development of guidelines in coordination with the SNC and the FSA on such issues as membership in the FSA; alignment of the FSA’s vision for a post-Assad Syria with the vision of the SNC, particularly civilian rule; coordination with political leadership; governance; and accountability to prevent abuse by its soldiers. Progress on these basic fronts should be considered from time to time by SAC when periodically evaluating SAC’s policy regarding the FSA.””

Hatem Bazian is taking many Muslims, especially young politically active Muslims in the US, who generally respect Mr. Bazian’s previous work around Palestine, down a seriously dangerous road. It is a road that will, without a doubt, come back to haunt them, once the US is done with supporting the FSA, and declares them a terrorist outfit (which is what they are). Another question that needs to be raised, who is the AMP now representing? And what is the nature of the manufactured consensus that the AMP is attempting to build?




2 – 6 PM


• SH. JAMAL SAID Mosque Foundation Imam
• SAFAA ZARZOUR ISNA Secretary General
• DR. TALAL SUNBULLIi Syrian American Council President
• Performance by YAHYA HAWWA
• and other community activists and leaders!

Mosque Foundation parking lot
7360 W. 93rd St.
Bridgeview, IL 60455

Vendors will be selling food, Syrian memorabilia, and much more!

This event is organized by the American Muslims for Palestine
Fundraising for Syrian refugees will be administered by the Zakat

Endorsed by: Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), The Mosque Foundation, Muslim American Society (MAS) Chicago, Syrian American Council (SAC) Chicago and Syrian American Society (SAS), Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), Muslim Educational and Cultural Center of American (MECCA)


Hatem Bazian’s omission and loss of credibility

17 Sep

Hatem Bazian is a co-founder of Zaytuna College – the same place of which Hamza Yusuf is a “Chairman.”  Mr Bazian, over the years, for the most part, has taken a consistent anti-imperialist position, and has not engaged in bootlicking of the kind that Mr. Yusuf has done over those some years.

However, it looks like things have changed – today he was interviewed on Flashpoints Daily Newsmagazine – and his take on Syria reveals the extent to which Mr. Bazian has moved his politics to accomodate liberal humanitarian imperialism.

Reasonable people can disagree on the nature of the government of President Assad – that disagreement  in itself is not the issue. However, reasonable people cannot disagree on the nature of the armed groups and mercenaries that are seriously destabilizing the region. Such disagreements have little to do with actual facts, and has much more to do with where one stands on the question of US/NATO interventionism, and reveals one’s political alignments.

There are a few points that need to be made with regards to Mr. Bazian’s positions.

1. Mr. Bazian while chastising  President Assad’s response to the violence, only barely acknowledges the violence of the mercenaries – and makes no mention whatsoever of the killings of civillians by the so-called “rebels.”

2. Mr Bazian makes no mention whatsoever of US/NATO supplying of arms and other aid to the “rebels” and situates this armed imperialist destabilization of Syria in the context of the largely non-violent uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

3. Mr. Bazian blames President Assad’s government for fostering sectarianism, while he completely ignores the extremist sectarian nature of the “rebels” and “mercenaries” – whose anti-Shi’a statements  are available all over the internet. And it is no secret whatsoever that Al Qaeda is one of the major forces amongst the mercenaries. Anyone who is remotely familiar with Al Qaeda knows not only about its terrorist actions, but also it’s virulently anti-Shi’a sectarianism, and indeed its extremist views against Christians, who make up a significant portion of Syria’s population.

3 (a) It is also no secret that “Saudi” Arabia, Qatr, and other gulf sheikhdoms are sponsoring, arming and supporting this effort at destabilizing Syria. And the sectarian nature of those regimes is also no secret. Mr. Bazian conveniently ignored the above fact in order to prove his own faulty thesis.

4. Mr. Bazian claims that a post-Assad government (i.e. one where the “rebels” win) would not be friendly with “Israel” but that it would be friendly with the United States. This is a ridiculous statement coming from a seasoned Palestinian activist such as Mr. Bazian. There is no country, no government on the face of this earth that is friendly with the US and not friendly with “Israel” … and vice versa, there is no country, or government on this planet that is friendly with “Israel” and not friendly with the United States. Such a statement also suggests some serious cognitive dissonance going on within the mind of Mr. Bazian – as he attempts to justify his unjustifiable position vis a vis Syria – that are not based on facts, but more on his newly found support for pro-liberal/humanitarian imperialism.

As a result, Mr. Bazian comes off sounding more like a US State Department Spokesperson than an honest political analyst… of-course there is also the issue of why Dennis Bernstein (of Flashpoints) who is normally astute about these issues, refused to raise the above points during the interview. But that has a lot more to do with the progressive politics in the United States that supports Obama’s humanitarian imperialism doctrine.

President Chavez of Venezuela has correctly identified the nature of this conflict:

”The attack on Syria has begun, they are accusing President Assad of killing his people. And the Yankees want to come in and bomb the people in order to save them. What shameless cynicism. It’s a new strategy they’ve invented, to generate violent armed conflicts and spill blood in a country in order to then bomb it and intervene and take ownership of its natural resources and convert it into a colony” – President Hugo Chavez “”

Mr. Bazian, by refusing to address the real issues, may end up getting some additional funding for his college, but, in the long run, the college will only produce dumb house, native informant, and sectarian type of Muslims. Lets not forget that Mr. Bazian is a Senior Lecturer at UC Berkeley, seriously, Mr. Bazian, I hope you are teaching your students to look at all the relevant facts, before arriving at a conclusion – and are not teaching them to do as you did in this interview.